Thursday, February 27, 2014

My Favorite Sewing Books

   I would assume that most seamstresses have their go to sewing books that they use for reference and to guide them through unfamiliar techniques. Over a couple of years I have accumulated a few and from those I have found my selection I can't live without.  So, here are my go to books in my sewing room.
   Do you have any favorites that you find yourself constantly referring back to? If so do share with me. I'd love to find a few more.
 1) These two books are simply my favorites and both were given to me as a gift. The one on the left, The Vogue Sewing Book was the first one published in the 1970's. Sewing principles remain the same and I love the retro illustrations, they both have comprehensive instructions for understanding pattern markings, selecting fabrics and notions, hand-stitching and mending, pressing, and measuring to fit. The one of the right, Vogue Sewing, is simply a revised version with modern pictures and some newer sewing techniques that a bit more relevant for today's sewing.
2) Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing is an older book but the newest one added to my favorite list. It was given to me by my husband's aunt. I find this book covers a lot of similar subjects as the Vogue books however it's quite handy being able to refer to another author with different illustrations and explanations for an array of subjects and techniques.
3) I picked up this book while in Fashion Design school. And though we didn't use it much in class I have found it invaluable to my every day sewing.  A Guide to Fashion Sewing, is a bit different than the top books in that it's soul purpose is to illustrate the proper sewing order of individual garments. Each chapter has details graphics and descriptions of what steps to follow next, and how to complete the most basic to more complex technique. This is my sewing Bible! I think I refer the most to this book.
4) Want to know a secret? I dislike, I mean I really loath pattern drafting. Yet because it's a necessity with any design, knowing how to create a pattern, altering it and recreate it, it's something I simply have to suck up and do. Since I have to do this step I mostly prefer this book, Patternmaking for Fashion Design . I've seen a few and this one, which I also picked up in Fashion design school, is really great at explaining the whole process. This is one area I could really use some more education on so if you know of another informative drafting book please share!
   There you have it, my favorite sewing books. Like I said before, if you know of any other great ones please do share.

1 comment:

Camelia said...

That vogue sewing book is life. These are so cute, the kind of things you pass down multiple generations. I love looking through older fashion books they are always a bit funny but usually classic.